Projects at Work


CxO Corner

- by Projects@Work

John Baldwin, new CEO of on-demand PPM solutions provider Daptiv, shares his plans for the company, and where he thinks the industry is headed.

Common Good

- by Tom Mochal

Are all your resources working toward the same overall goals and strategies? Do people and departments know what is important to the organization? Do they have incentives to get there? Here are three criteria for prioritizing and approving work in a portfolio.

Process-Driven Products

- by Neil Stolovitsky

From R&D to post-sales customer service, every group in an organization is critical to a new product’s success. PPM systems can unite all the elements that drive new product development — and squeeze more profits out of these projects.

The PMO Role in PPM

- by Derek Stevens

Integrated, top-down governance is fundamental to successful portfolio management, and a strong PMO can play an indispensable role in monitoring and facilitating investment selection and execution.

Secret Formula

There is no secret formula to project success, but the infamous flop of The Coca-Cola Company’s 1985 introduction of the “new Coke” offers a timeless case study in misunderstanding the end-user. It’s a lesson that project managers, product development teams and portfolio directors should all keep in mind as they balance expectations, risks and strategic goals. [4:40]

Build a Strategic Road Map

- by Derek Stevens

Without a solid understanding of strategy at all levels of the organization, the portfolio is just a disconnected set of investments — not really a portfolio at all. By implementing and following a strategic road map, companies can link their investments to results and more fairly evaluate project contributions. Here are some guidelines and examples.

Harvesting Benefits

- by Tom Mochal

Many organizations don’t do a good job measuring the benefits of the projects within their portfolios, and many more fail to formally compare the realized benefits to the estimated benefits in the business case. The process of business realization management can help.

A PPM Sweet Spot

- by Projects@Work

Gartner’s 2010 Magic Quadrant report surveys the state of PPM in a challenging economy, evaluating 31 technology providers, naming six “leaders” and identifying two important market trends.

Balancing Projects and Applications

- by Derek Stevens

To achieve meaningful portfolio management benefits, both application and project portfolios should be considered.

Breaking New Ground

- by Janis Rizzuto

Investing in business improvements and a project portfolio management tool helped land development firm Abbey Road Group thrive despite the economic turmoil in real estate.




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